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Dr Maddy Gupta-Wright

MBCHB BSc MSc MPH MFPH

Research Degree Student
Medical Anthropology

LSHTM
15-17 Tavistock Place
London
WC1H 9SH
United Kingdom

I am working to combine a career in academic medical anthropology and global public health, with current interests in infectious disease control, sustainable development, biosocial understandings of disease, and the social and political roots of health inequalities. I have a background as a medical doctor, specialising in public health over the last 4 years. I have some experience of research and teaching in Kenya, Tanzania and Ethiopia and now Malawi. Prior to starting my PhD in 2015, I had most recently worked as a health adviser at the Department for International Development (DFID) UK on NTD programmes, and a public health registrar at the Greater London Authority (GLA) on health inequalities.

Affiliations

Department of Global Health and Development
Faculty of Public Health and Policy

Research

I am currently doing ethnographic fieldwork for my PhD, exploring a critical biosocial perspective of trachoma in Malawi. My research is exploring the challenges of eliminating trachoma, and the translation between elimination policy and practice. I am drawing on biosocial literature highlighting the central place of context, interaction, equity, structure and political economies of health. I am interested more broadly in anthropological contributions to NTD and emerging infection control policy and global health policy tackling health inequalities. My PhD is funded by the ESRC and I am working with the NGO, Sightsavers, as non-academic partners for this research.

Research Area
Drug resistance
Health inequalities
Hygiene
Infectious disease policy
Public health
Research : policy relationship
Sanitation
Social and structural determinants of health
Water
Disease control
Environmental Health
Equity
Global Health
Ethnography
Public understanding
Qualitative methods
Vector control
Discipline
Anthropology
Development studies
Epidemiology
Medicine
Operational research
Parasitology
Policy analysis
Political science
Sociology
Social Sciences
Opthalmology
Disease and Health Conditions
Trachoma
Blindness
Neglected Tropical Diseases (NTDs)
Tropical diseases
Country
Malawi
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa (developing only)